East Mississippi Correctional Facility Faces Class-Action Lawsuit

Mississippi is currently under scrutiny for the “less than ideal” conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, Miss., near Meridian, Miss.

Ala. Leaders Discuss Possible Women’s Prison

Alabama is trying to make room for female inmates in Calhoun County, Ala., as local leaders are starting a new campaign to push for the creation of a new women’s state correctional facility.

Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses

The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.

Iowa DNA Sampling Bill Goes to Governor

A bill that would require Iowa offenders over the age of 18 who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors to provide a DNA sampling has gone to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad for approval.

Texas Legislators Debate Closure of Correctional Facilities

Republican legislators of Texas and local officials are fighting to keep doors open at two state correctional facilities slated to close due to fiscal infeasibility while also attempting to purchase an additional correctional facility.

Utah Counties Consider Hosting State Prison Inmates

As the state of Utah searches for the next location of their state prison, counties are looking to take advantage of the economic boost that would come with hosting the new correctional facility and state inmates.

Lancaster County to Open New Jail

Four years after groundbreaking, Lancaster County will open its new 289,000-square-foot $65 million jail in July. The 779-bed Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility (LCADF) was commemorated last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at which 300 members of the community toured the long awaited jail.

Little River County to Reopen Jail

A $1.2 million renovation project will reopen Little River County Jail in late April, more than two years after the facility closed for failing to meet Arkansas state jail standards.

Lonestar State Set to Increase Inmate Mental Health Services

Texas is making efforts to increase mental health care services in order to address the rising number of nonviolent inmates with mental illnesses and reduce recidivism of those inmates.

Utah Senators Consider Moving State Prison

The Utah State Senate is debating a bill that would relocate Utah State Prison and establish the Prison Land Management Authority, a committee that would choose the new location of the prison.